Dorchester (Mass.) Boston College tight end Jack Shields has decided to stay in the ACC by committing to Virginia today. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder committed to the Cavaliers over offers from Connecticut and Vanderbilt among others.
"I had been down there previously over the summer and really enjoyed it and then meeting the recruits and coaches this weekend made me realize it was the best place for me," he said. "I really love the coaches a lot including coach Groh who's an NFL coach and has been at the highest level you be. I think it's a great fit all around for me."
What made Shields pick Virginia over Vanderbilt?
"I really enjoyed Vanderbilt a lot, but I saw myself fitting in at UVA with the players and atmosphere," he said. "I respect Vanderbilt and their coaches so much for what they are doing there, but the atmosphere at Virginia is something I haven't experienced before and I'm so excited to be in it for the next four years."
The two-star prospect is relieved to have a decision behind him as he can now focus on getting ready to head down and compete for a position this year in Charlottesville.
"The coaches recruited me as a tight end and they were talking to me on my trip like they'll expect me to get in and play my freshman year," he said. "I'm planning to train as hard and intense for the next six months to get ready."
Shields had a final note to say to Wahoo fans.
"I heard everything I wanted to hear and am happy with my decision," he said. "Now I'm just looking forward to playing for Virginia next year and helping them win the ACC."